Verizon has begun the process of phasing out its 3G data network in order to move to 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technologies. These new power technologies will provide far greater coverage and capacity, while using much less power (therefore ensuring long battery life). But, as it is with any technology advancement, the phasing out of the 3G network can have negative consequences for those who are not prepared.
Verizon will stop supporting 3G devices on its network by the end of 2019 and the other major carriers are not far behind. To prepare for this transition, we suggest you take an inventory of your instruments and devices and create a plan for upgrading to LTE-compatible equipment in order to avoid being left with “dark units” in the field.